Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s presidential campaign announcement in Minneapolis Sunday could hardly have been more Minnesotan: It was 14 degrees and snowy, with visibility so low that rally-goers could hardly see the city’s skyline in the background, the Star Tribune reports.
But that didn’t keep supporters away from the Democrat’s presidential rally.
“We don’t let a little snow stop us,” Klobuchar told supporters as she opened up her speech. “We don’t let a little cold stop us.”
The crowd at Boom Island Park on the Mississippi River roared in response.
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The Associated Press reported that the rally was “exuberant” and “festive,” with volunteers handing out American flags and hand warmers to bundled-up attendees. Bonfires and heat lamps in the park kept her supporters warm as they gathered before the speech — as did 100 gallons of hot cocoa and 100 more of apple cider, according to AP.
The weather hardly came as a surprise: Klobuchar advised supporters to “bundle up” in a video posted on Twitter last week inviting them to the rally.
Supporters were enthusiastic despite the temperatures.
“I think she’s a strong, caring person. She does a lot of good for our state already. I think she’d be good in the White House,” said Klobuchar supporter Angela Thompson, 44, according to the Star Tribune.
Blue and red signs reading “Amy for America” dotted the snow-covered crowd.
The 58-year-old three-term senator — who was easily re-elected in 2018 two years after Donald Trump came within 50,000 votes of Hillary Clinton in the state — has never lost an election, the Star Tribune reports.
Klobuchar joins a handful of other Democrats who have announced intentions to run for president, including four other women who currently serve in the Congress, the New York Times reports.